From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced a reward of $5,000 for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction regarding the disappearance of Southern Union State Community College student, Aniah Blanchard.
Blanchard, of Homewood, was reported missing to Auburn Police on Thursday, Oct. 24. She last communicated with a friend on Wednesday night, Oct. 23, just before midnight. She is described as a light-complexioned black female, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and weighs 125 lbs. with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black dress and tan duck boots with black stockings.
Her vehicle was found at an apartment complex in the 6100 block of Boardwalk Boulevard in Montgomery. The SUV had sustained considerable damage.
“We are following this case closely, and I am remaining engaged with law enforcement on the state and local levels,” Ivey said. “I am issuing this reward to help encourage those with information to come forward. We continue to pray for Aniah and her family as law enforcement officials work to bring her home.”
Authorities on Monday released a short video showing Blanchard making a purchase at a convenience store located on South College Street in Auburn late Wednesday evening just prior to her vehicle being observed traveling southbound on South College Street.
The FBI, the U.S. Marshals, the Department of Homeland Security, the Lee County District Attorney’s Office, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, Alabama Fusion Center along with the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences are aiding in the investigation.
If you have any information that can help authorities locate Blanchard, contact the Auburn Police Division Detective Section at 334-501-3140 or the anonymous tip line at 334-246-1391.